How to get the Right Tint in Oil or Acrylic Painting ?

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Nilisha Phad is Rad Educator for Oil Painting - Portrait.


In the previous tutorial, I talked about oil painting and briefly explained the steps of painting a portrait. 

In my upcoming tutorials, I will explain each of those steps in-depth for better understanding. It is therefore essential to read the previous tutorial and come back to this one !


Tinting of the Canvas


Tinting of the canvas is often considered to be something that is done just to remove the white colour of the canvas. While that is true, it is not the only benefit of this process. 


Following are some benefits of tinting a canvas before beginning work on it:

1) The ‘tint’ of the canvas decides the colour scheme of the painting.


2) The tint can be used in the shadows of the portrait, which helps to create a connection between the background and the portrait. (Refer Image 1)


3) Using a colour which is the complementary of the colour in the “light “ portion of the face enhances the overall depth and contrast in the portrait. For example: If the skin tone of the person is fair, using green colour for the tint enhances the pink, red and orange tones in the skin.


4) The tint can be applied in many ways other than just a plain wash. Although, making sure that the pattern of the tint is complimenting the portrait is very important.( Refer Image 2)

Process and Technique:

Step 1:


While applying a tint on the canvas, either acrylic or oil paint can be used according to requirement. 



Step 2:


If using oil paints, using minimum or no linseed oil is recommended to ensure quick drying. Using direct colours and spreading them with a sponge works well. 

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